So, I called the Bills trading down to a team with interest in a receiver in a previous post, (although I thought it would be Patterson, not Austin) which should have made me feel good. Yet when we took E.J. Manuel, I felt slighted. Cheated. Like I had just gone to a steakhouse and ended up with a bologna sandwich. With so many positions on our roster aching for an upgrade, we took a player who appeared to be more suited for our 2nd round pick, not the 16th overall.
So as I laid in bed struggling to find some sleep, I decided to watch some YouTube footage of our new QB and came across his QB camp with Jon Gruden. Now, I'm not saying I'm a huge cheerleader of this whole thing, because you can make anyone look good under the right circumstances. However, seeing a kid with that much raw physical talent, I wasn't prepared for just how smart he actually is. Taking masters courses? Watching him dissect a defense, and discussing how he spots and communicates pressure to his WR's and backs to take advantage of blitzes and coverages, and his ability to command a no-huddle offense? It was eye opening to say the least, and you can watch it here (quality is decent, but not spectacular).
Then you watch him on First Take talking to Skip Bayless, (one of the biggest blowhards on sports TV) being concise and confident about his abilities. No bravado, just real talk - they even end by discussing the possibility of being a first round pick, which I find humorous. You can tell why coaches who interviewed him came away impressed.
As long suffering Bills fans, we've been clamoring for a decent talent behind center ever since the Jacksonville Jaguars knocked #12 into retirement. I'm too tired to get into anything in depth. But I can honestly sleep well tonight, knowing that our coaching staff and front office wouldn't have drafted a player like this unless they felt that they were good enough at teaching and game planning to a signal caller's strengths to win with him. For tonight, that's good enough for me.